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Implementation of EU anti-tax avoidance directive

The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

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Scots appointments break legal ground

A RESHUFFLE among Scotland’s top legal figures is believed to have set a couple of professional records. The appointments include what is believed to be the first former solicitor to become Lord Advocate, the Government’s ultimate source of legal advice for Scotland. Newly-appointed Lord Advocate Donald Mackay qualified as a solicitor in 1971 and practised […]

Management a 'bore' in North-west

SOLICITORS in the North-west of England enjoy fee earning work but are not too excited about practice management. They work hard, on average 40 and 50 hours a week, and the majority earn between £25,000 and £50,000. The findings form part of a major survey of lawyers’ working lives by chartered accountants Gruber Levinson Franks. […]

McDonalds' record breaker

The long running High Court libel action by McDonalds against environmental campaigners, is already in the record books as the longest libel case in history. But in December it is set to notch up 199 days which will turn it into the longest civil case of any kind.

AIM to the rescue in computer 'crisis'

Helen Sage reports AIM Professional has identified a need among its clients for crisis consultancy in the event of computer theft and damage. The company is offering eight hours of free “crisis consultancy” to all existing and potential customers. This year 10 AIM users have lost vital computer equipment through burglary, flooding and electrical storm […]

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